This is McLaren’s new Mercedes
McLaren starts today and shows the new Formula 1 racing car. This is the MCL35M.
McLaren reunited with Mercedes
The new McLaren MCL35M
The switch from Renault to Mercedes engines makes major adjustments to the vehicle necessary. However: all mechanical components on the chassis must actually correspond to those of 2020. The teams may only pursue further development to the extent of two so-called tokens. At McLaren, both development tokens flowed into the integration of the new Mercedes Power Unit.
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Lando Norris immediately caught the eye: “The area in the rear is much more compact. You can see that. ” In fact, a modified engine cover and a smaller and rounder airbox can be seen.
Changes to the sub-floor are also new. Among other things, through cuts in front of the rear axle, ten percent downforce is to be lost compared to 2020.
Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris
Key: “We tried to make the rear as narrow as possible in order to get more aerodynamic leeway. I’m sure we’ll see most of the work from the teams in the rear wheels area. Everyone is working feverishly to make up for the downforce lost through the changes. Whoever does it best will have a nice advantage. ”
Changes to the sub-floor are also new. Among other things, through cuts in front of the rear axle, ten percent downforce should be lost compared to 2020.
German team boss brings McLaren forward
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A weakness of last year’s car: the tight corners. Here a new aerodynamics from the pen of technical director James Key should provide a remedy. Many of the aerodynamic changes were not yet visible when the McLaren-Mercedes MCL35M was presented. This is generally the case with presentations – the teams hide their technical tricks if possible until the first day of testing. At McLaren, there is also the fact that the test in Bahrain on March 12th has four weeks left.
New driver line-up
Euphoric from the first launch of the year, McLaren boss Zak Brown sprinkles his driver duo in advance: “I think we have the best driver duo in Formula 1.”